The Avengers: Infinity War directors talk more about the trailer scenes that weren’t featured in the movie, with one in particular standing out the most among the rest with the big Wakanada battle scene featuring the Hulk.
The Russos previously stated they intentionally misled fans and viewers to avoid spoilers, and now fill in MTV even more:
“We use all the material that we have at our disposal to create a trailer,” Joe Russo explained. “We look at the trailer as a very different experience than the movie, and I think audiences are so predictive now that you have to be very smart about how you craft a trailer because an audience can watch a trailer and basically tell you what’s gonna happen in the film. We consume too much content. So at our disposal are lots of different shots that aren’t in the movie that we can manipulate through CG to tell a story that we want to tell specifically for the purpose of the trailer and not for the film.”
On the Hulk Wakanda battle scene, Anthony Russo offers it was only created for trailers and never meant for the film’s release:
“That shot that you’re referencing was never in the movie in the version that you saw,” he said. “It was never even created for the movie in that version. It was literally created in that version for the trailer.”
Not only were there scenes featured in the Infinity War trailers that didn’t make it into the movie, but dilaogue from Thanos as well (via Collider).
“That was a scripted line for the movie that we replaced with another line that we thought was a little more specific to the storytelling with Gamora. I think he used to say that on Nowhere to Gamora when he emerged from the Reality Cloak as the aether exposed him. And I think we changed it to something that was a little more specific to the storytelling.”
Joe Russo also told Variety about misdirecting the fans:
“We have seen so much content that every average moviegoer has a level of sophistication in their ability to predict what is going to happen in a movie, which is why Anthony and I spent a lot of time trying to hide the secrets of [Avengers: Infinity War], misdirect the way the trailers were cut, misdirect with information. It’s too easy for them to intuit what is going to happen,” he said.